Welcome to Devon Pond Plants
Pond Plants UK Wide Direct Suppliers
The aquatic plant experts...
David & Ruth
I am David Kerr and I have been a keen gardener and plantsman all my life. I have been growing and selling aquatic plants for over 30 years. I specialise in growing plants for ponds, watersides and other damp places and my main interest is in propagation. My deputy manager Ruth was previously a chartered landscape architect for many years, and is even better than me at visualising ponds and layouts.
Interactive Plant Type Selector
Click on an area of the pond in the image below to browse pond plants suitable for the selected area…
Choosing the right plants
Important factors for consideration
The most important factors to bear in mind are: the size, depth and location of the pond and your own personal gardening style. The single most common problem I come across is ponds with no shelves, or shelves that are far too deep. The vast majority of marginal plants like to be covered by no more than a few centimetres of water; 1cm is far better than 15cm in most cases. Similarly, many people seem to think that water lilies need to be a metre deep or more; in fact most prefer half that depth.
Die-hard environmentalists will wish to use only native plants; at the other end of the spectrum a jungly tropical look can be achieved in mild areas or if some plants can be given winter protection. There is absolutely no sound ecological reason not to use some non-native plants if you like them. They all provide habitat, nectar and food. I do not sell any invasive non-native plants and never have done. Some of the native ones can be invasive and I clearly state this in the plant description.
If you are a beginner you could select one of my pond packs; these contain a nice variety of problem-free, non-invasive plants to give interest throughout the season and include the baskets. If you don’t need baskets then you can choose accordingly.
The most common mistakes are: using plants that are too vigorous for the size of the pond, or placing the plant in a situation that is too wet or not wet enough for it, usually the former. Most plants will be happy in permanently moist soil but many moisture loving plants resent standing in water permanently, though they may be ok during the main period of growth in summer.
I am happy to discuss your particular situation in detail and advise on the most suitable plants; there is absolutely no obligation. The best way to do this is on the telephone, as it is very time consuming for me to type out reams of different possibilities on email. I do ask that you phone me please. Brief email queries will be answered promptly.
What Our Customers Say
Mr W G 24th March 2020
I received my order of assorted pond plants today and as well as confirming delivery, I also wanted to thank you for the excellent quality plants.
I have ordered rootstock plants from another supplier previously and the difference between then and now is incredible. All of the plants you have sent me were well packaged, in excellent condition and extremely healthy looking. To say I am happy with them all is an understatement and I am now looking forward to them all growing well and thriving during the summer to come.
Mrs EM 05.04.19
Dear Mr Kerr
Thank you, our plants arrived today and look in fine condition and we are very pleased with the selection. Your website is most informative, and I hope we can keep in touch if we have any problems or send you photos of our success!
Thank you again for your excellent service.
Mrs PM 10.04.19
Good morning David,
My plants arrived yesterday in excellent condition, thank you. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of growth and vigour so early in the season, also the detailed information on your website. Look forward to growing them on, and hope they don’t get too much of a shock from their move north!
We are helping a friend with a new pond soon so I will definitely recommending your services, Many thanks
Mrs JB 11.04.19
Thank you for my order received safely yesterday afternoon. Very happy with the plants, packaging and delivery time.